Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 19:35 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Linux As the number of Linux kernel contributors continues to grow, core developers are finding themselves mostly managing and checking, not coding, said Greg Kroah-Hartman, maintainer of USB and PCI support in Linux and co-author of Linux Device Drivers, in a talk at the Linux Symposium in Ottawa Thursday. In the latest kernel release, the most active 30 developers authored only 30% of the changes, while two years ago, the top 20 developers did 80% of the changes, he said.
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by Timmmm on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 20:26 UTC
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Maybe if they didn't try to have *every* linux driver in the tree it would be workable.

Ideally the driver APIs would be stable, and allow binary forwards and backwards compatibility. Then you could let other people maintain the drivers.

Same goes for linux software in general really - if there was any sort of binary compatibility you wouldn't need the huge repositories of debian, gentoo etc.

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